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New York Nightlife – Best Places To Go Out And Have Fun

Updated on July 5, 2012
New York City at night
New York City at night

New York probably has the most diverse and intense nightlife in the country. New Yorkers love to go out and we do it almost every night. More than 20,000 restaurants, endless number bars and clubs, opera and concert halls, Broadway theaters and dance companies, sport games and rock star performances - every night in New York you easily can find things to do for fun according to your interests and desires.

Time Square at night, NYC

Almost every block in Manhattan has at least one restaurant or a bar, therefore there is no problem to find a place to eat, have a drink or just hang out and meet people. A bar scene is quite diverse and depends on a neighborhood where a bar is located. If you want to be surrounded mostly by tourists - there are plenty of bars and restaurants on Time Square and Theater District. To hang out with young professional crowd go to any venue at Irving Place or East Village. To hang out with locals - Upper East Side has plenty friendly bars and restaurants. For a gay scene - there are plenty cozy cafes in West Village and gay bars in Chelsea. Meatpacking district, TriBeCa and Low East Side, as the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan, attract all kind of crowds. Here, you will find great restaurants and bars, hottest New York night clubs, as well as, celebrity spots and famous New York landmarks.

Cielo club, NYC

View from Plunge lounge, Hotel Gansevoort, NYC
View from Plunge lounge, Hotel Gansevoort, NYC

Meatpacking district, once home to slaughterhouses and packing plants, then a center for drug dealing and transsexual prostitution, now is the trendiest area for shopping in New York and a center of New York nightlife. Two hottest New York night clubs Cielo (18 Little W. 12th St.) and Kiss & Fly (409 W. 13th St.) are here. Popular restaurants such as Pastis (9 9th Ave.), Budda Bar (17 Little West 12th St.), Spice Market (403 W. 13th St.) and Bagatelle (409 West 13th St.) as well as two great roof top spots at Gansevoort Hotel and at Soho House are also here. It is a great area to hang out at night for any occasion. You can easily cover a few places at one night - each venue is just one step away from another. Most of places are open till 4 o'clock in the morning and totally packed till the end. So, be aware, that if you stay out late here, it is practically impossible to get a taxi.

Chelsea, a center of the New York art scene with more than 200 art galleries located here, is also a center for gay culture in New York. There are plenty of gay bars and nightclubs here. Straight people are also very welcome to the neighborhood. Marquee nightclub (289 Tenth Ave.), the chi-chi West Chelsea hotspot, welcomes people of all gender, age and sexual orientation.

Midtown Manhattan skyline
Midtown Manhattan skyline

New York, a city of skyscrapers and beautiful landscapes, offers many great rooftop bars, where you can enjoy your drink under the sky accompanied by astonishing views of the city. This summer, among well-known New York bars with view, a few new places became quite popular. Highbar (251 W 48th St.) completed with daybeds and located on the sixteenth floor, provides some serious ganders at the Hudson River. Salon de Ning (at the Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave.) just opened instead of Pen-Top Bar and Terrace, is a great lounge under the sky with splendid views of Fifth Avenue as well as midtown Manhattan famous buildings such as MetLife, Citicorp, AT&T, 666 and etc. The Sky Terrace (at the Hudson Hotel, 356 W 58th St.) is a 15th-floor terrace with views of the Hudson River, as well as Ninth Avenue stretching towards lower Manhattan. The Delancey (168 Delancey St.), the Lower East Side hotspot, opened its roof deck with a clear view of the Williamsburg Bridge.

If a party in a club or a bar is not your cup of tea, then New York has plenty serious things to offer for a night out: Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, jazz and blues clubs, opera and ballet, classical music concerts and etc., as well as serious culinary experiences in fantastic New York restaurants. Some of great New York restaurants are open till late, so you can easily combine in one night out a concert or a theater with dinner after midnight. If you travel to New York on a budget - take advantage of free concerts and theater performances in Central Park, as well as, great deals in New York restaurants. Don't forget that New York is not only Manhattan. You can find great places to go out and have fun in Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Have a fantastic night out in New York!


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